Renewable Energy : Fossil Fuels Essay

981 Words Dec 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Currently the main source of energy used in the United States is Fossil Fuels. Our overdependence on Fossil Fuels has lead to some negative changes in the Earth’s climate and physical form. Lucky, there have been new advances in technology over the past century. Various forms of renewable energy have been discovered and tested by scientist and over the past decade have become more well known to the public. The development of of these renewable energy sources give us the opportunity to change the course of our future. Using these sources are smarter, more efficient and are less harmful to the environment.
One of the biggest threats to the environment today is Fossil Fuels.. Fossil Fuels are a natural fuel made from coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms. They are important because they can be burned and produce a significant amount of energy. Fossil Fuels are nonrenewable energy sources, which means they can not be reused. Even though they are found in nature it takes up to a million years to be able to use a fossil fuel that has been burned. The time it takes to burn them is much less than the regenerating time, therefore they are an inefficient source of energy. Another issue with the burning Fossil Fuels is the emission of Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs). This article by William C. Tucker explains what Green House Gasses are.
GHGs are gases that tend to trap solar energy, heating the Earth. They include, in order of importance for…

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